I just watched Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney, the musical version of A Christmas Carol, which I quite enjoyed for the singing and dancing. I especially like the song "Thank You Very Much," but Finney is just not the Scrooge of my imagination.
Another version of A Christmas Carol playing on TV this season is the 1984 version, featuring George C. Scott, who is a very effective Scrooge. I watched this one back to back with Scrooge and liked that the dialogue was the same in places. I haven't read A Christmas Carol for many years, but am guessing I was hearing Dickens' words.
Neither of these versions are as gratifying to me as the 1951 movie starring Alistair Sim. This black and white version is how I think of A Christmas Carol, probably because this is the version I watched as a child.
I have not seen the Jim Carrey version. Or the Patrick Stewart version. But I do enjoy the Bill Murray version even though it takes place in modern times.
My favorite, though, is also not historical. It is the Vanessa Williams version, A Diva's Christmas Carol. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it is from a woman's point of view. I just love the ending of this movie!
The Internet Database lists 47 titles adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, including A Barbie Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and A Smurfs Christmas Carol.
Which version is your favorite?
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